In Loving Memory of
James Arthur "Jim" Hall
October 8, 1958 - October 8, 2019
James Arthur "Jim" Hall was born the second son of Max D. and Willa Ruth Hall, at the Galloway Hospital, Anthony, Kansas, on the 8th day of October, 1958.
Jim's arrival was particularly celebrated, in addition to his parents, by his elder brother, David; both sets of grandparents, E.R. and Coila M. Hall, and Arthur and Elsie Stauf; maternal aunt and uncle Marylee and Bob Hays, and special cousin, Pamela Hays Stabler.
As a youngster Jimmy, as he was known for several years, was a typical young boy, digging in the dirt, learning to ride his bike, walking his pet duck on a leash, helping his mother teach that duck to swim in a kiddy-pool, riding his bike all over town, but during summer months, especially to and from the swimming pool. Jim was an active member of Boy Scouts, and earned the Scout, God and Country Award in the Anthony Methodist Church
Jim graduated Chaparral High School with the class of 1976. During his high school years Jim's extra-curricular activities included vocal and instrumental music, claiming many "I" ratings from contests, having roles in school musicals, wrestling as a light-weight member of the team, and Key Club, a student-led organization whose goal is to encourage leadership through serving others, a part of Kiwanis International. In 1975 Jim was elected Governor of the Kansas District of Key Club International.
Following graduating Chaparral, Jim attended Colby Community College. At CCC Jim pursued declared double majors in Music and Agriculture. Jim proudly proclaimed, with frequency, that he successfully completed every music class offered during his tenure at Colby Community College. If only the college would have acknowledged the academic value of rigorous hours spent in attendance at The Rusty Bucket, Jim would have completed a PhD!
Returning home from Colby, he worked for various local entities and farmers as a machine operator and farm laborer. He was a talented finish carpenter, turner and cabinet maker. Eventually his employments migrated into the building trades. His forte in commercial and residential building became drywall, first as a hanger, then finisher and relatively shortly thereafter, finish-supervisor and trouble shooter.
During a lengthy serious down-turn in the building industries, Jim moved to Wellington. He found employment with an area farmer who was also the Township Trustee and Jim learned by way of OJT to operate a grader. He reported that he had no choice but to learn quickly to do the job right, because if he screwed-up, the Township residents were quick to point out to him his err in plain language. The ability to operate a grader paid dividends when Jim later worked for KDOT as an equipment operator.
In 1985, while living in Wellington, Jim met and began dating Joni Monday. Jim and Joni married in April, 1986. To their marriage, Jim's only child, Jaci Leigh Hall, was born in April, 1993. Jim and Joni were married for nine (9) years. A few months after divorcing, Jim and Joni resumed living together and spent an additional fourteen (14) years together as a couple.
Jim was a talented musician. He was skilled as a trombonist, acoustic guitarist, keyboard player and vocalist. He was a member of "Mid-West Railway" a band with a devoted regional following and then "Strawboss" a group that toured and performed through Iowa, to South Dakota, to West-Texas, to Iowa. Both bands pursued vigorously the elusive first big break which much like the brass ring on the carousel, was frequently within sight, but just out of reach.
Jim left this life for the life eternal on the 8th day of October, 2019, succumbing to pancreatic cancer, with his partner, Eileen, by his side. Grieving his passing are his daughter, Jaci and her fiancé, Ben Stranghoner; his brother and sister-in-law, David and Mary Julana Hall and Jim's nephews, Mitchell (Tavish) and Joseph (Sierra) and their families; his cousin, Pam Hays Stabler, with whom he was always especially close, and her husband John, and their family; other relatives and friends.
Private memorial service. Cremation has taken place. Friends may sign the registry book at the funeral home from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. Online registry signing may be made at www.eldringhofffuneralhome.com
The family of James has entrusted his care to the Eldringhoff Funeral Home of Anthony.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Jim's memory in care of the Eldringhoff Funeral Home, 115 S. Bluff Avenue, Anthony, Kansas, (620) 914-2222.
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